Jonathan Nominates Obanikoro, Six Others As Ministers


PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan Friday sent the names of a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro; Kenneth Kobani, a former National Treasurer of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (CAN), who recently defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a former senator, Patrick Akwashiki to the senate for confirmation as ministers. 

  Obanikoro lost the Lagos State PDP governorship primary election after resigning his ministerial appointment on October 15 to realise his ambition to rule the state to Jimi Agbaje.

  He initially rejected the outcome and even threatened to challenge the result in court until he was prevailed upon and ostensibly promised a re-appointment.

  Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied the concocted story by Obanikoro that the party’s presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, was pelted with stone during the party’s rally in Lagos, saying a lie has never worn a bolder face.

  A statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, insisted that Buhari and other top leaders of the party rode in an open bus from the palace of the Oba of Lagos to the Teslim Balogun Stadium venue of the rally to great cheers from Lagosians, who lined the route.

  “Not once was he pelted with stone during the almost two-hour ride. 

  “It is obvious that those who were paid by Obanikoro to stone the General failed to deliver. 

  “We, therefore, urge him to seek a refund of whatever money he paid to his hired hands to pelt Buhari with stones,” it said.

  APC said Obanikoro’s statement on an attack on Buhari in Lagos must be his own way of saying “thank you” to his masters for nominating him as minister yesterday, as his reward for ceding the PDP ticket he claimed to have won to Agbaje.

  The party commended Lagosians for turning out in large numbers to welcome Buhari to Lagos.

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